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The infamous Matilda Courtney (and family) saga begins to unfold….

18 Feb 1841 in Monroe County MO, Liberty Coatney married Malinda Riddle (possibly Liberty Courtney marriage to mother of Julia Ann Courtney)

27 Jun 1850 Liberty Courtney married Eliza Taylor in Brown County, IL

29 Oct 1850 enumeration of the 1850 Census for Brown County, Cooperstown
Liberty Cart_ry 32 m Born KY Cooper
Eliza Courtney 18 f Born IL
Julian Courtney 9  f Born MO (Julia Ann)

1850 Census Morgan County IL page 272 B 3 Oct 1850
Valentine, Michael 20 tailor b. PA living with the Remler family
Valentine, Jacob 18, tailor b. PA living with Zimmerman family of PA (Jacob Valentine #2 possibly, note that is says here he is born in PA and in 1860 b. in IL)
Page 272A
Valentine, John, Elizabeth, Catherine and Sarah
Page 273
Valentine, Michel, 52 farmer, PA
Valentine, Sarah, 53 PA
Valentine, Sarah, 23 PA
Valentine, Rebecca, 16 PA
Valentine, Hatty? 13 PA
Valentine, Enoch, 14 PA
Valentine, Mary 8 PA

1850 Census, Clayton,. Adams County, IL 1850 page 38A and 38B, 20 Nov 1850
Patterson, Zachary, 50 farmer $1500 CT
Patterson, Marg or Mary, 47 b. CT
Patterson, Austin, 23 (?), farmer, CT
Patterson, Rolla, 17 NY
Patterson, Elizabeth, 14 NY
Patterson,  Julia, 12 IL
Patterson, Martha, 8 IL (think this should have been Martin and male by looking at the image)
Patterson, George, 4 IL
Dalany or Delony, James W., 11 IL
(Note:  This appears to be the same family as in the 1860 Census and Martin Van Buren Patterson is recorded as Martha and female?)

24 Apr 1856 Morgan County, IL Jacob Valentine m. Mary Jane Parks (Jacob Valentine #2)
Familysearch.com site, pedigree file for Jacob Valentine b. 1830 in PA:
Jacob Vallentine (AFN: 4X2Z-7G) Pedigree Sex: M Family
Event(s):
Birth: 26 Aug 1831 Beaver Twp., Snyder PA Death 31 May 1904
Parents:
Father: Michael Vallentine (AFN: 4X2X-7B)
Mother:  Sarah Fillman (AFN: 4X2X-8H)
Marriage(s):
Spouse:  Mary Jane Parks (AFN: CW73-OC)
Marriage: 24 Apr 1856
(Possibly Jacob Valentine #2)

13 Mar 1859 Julia Ann Courtney m. Robert Cline per State of IL transcriptions of Morgan County IL marriage record, Volume B Page 133 License 4177

1859-1860 Hannibal City Directory
Valentine, Jacob at Fuller & Ammidown’s lumber yard, residence east side of 7th, south of Collier

1860 Census for Jacksonville Township, Morgan County family 634:
Cline Robert 24 m Farmer born IL
Cline Julia 18 f Born MO
Cline John 2m (as of June 29) Born IL (Note that John is not listed in the 1870 Census, must have died before age 10)
Family 635:
Cline Henry 27 m Farmer Born IL
Cline Dor. 22 f Born IL
 

1860 Census for Jacksonville Township, Morgan County the Courtney family was transcribed as the Comtring family 621:
Liberty 42 m Born KY Farmer
Eliza 30 f Born IL
Eliza 9 f Born IL
Mat. 7 (Matilda) f Born IL
Lu 5 (Louthailia) f Born IL
Dor 2 (Darthula or Dorthuley) f Born IL
Smith Dan 24 m Born MD Laborer

1860 Morgan County IL 707 Concord Township
Valentine Jacob 28 carpenter, b. IL  (Jacob Valentine #2)
Valentine Mary 23 b. IL
Valentine Ora 3 male b. IL

1860 Census Morgan County IL 707 Concord Township (2 families later)
Valentine, Michael, age 66 b. PA
Valentine Sarah 60 or 69 b. PA
McMillin, Alice, age 6 b. IL

1860 Census Morgan County IL 534 Jacksonville Township
Valentine Elizabeth age 29 b. PA IL Hospital for the Insane

1860 Census Morgan County IL 770 Jacksonville Township
Valentine M or W age 25 male b. PA, living in household of Jacob Long, age 57 , farmer b. TN

1860 Census Adams County IL, Clayton, page 885
Patterson Zachariah, 60, b. Conn
Patterson Olive (can't make out writing), 56 b. Conn
Patterson Rollin (can't make out writing), 24, b. Conn
Patterson Elizabeth, 22, b. NY
Patterson Austin (can't make out writing) 20, b. IL
Patterson Vanburen, 17 b. IL
Patterson George, 12, b. IL
Patterson Emma, 6 b. IL
Dalany, James W. , 22, laborer, b. IL

1860 Census Marion County Hannibal MO, Federal Population Schedule, Township 3rd Ward Hannibal City Page 807, image 11 at ancestry.com,
Valentine Jacob age 30 b. OH (note 1880 census states he was born in PA) (Jacob Valentine #1)
Valentine Harriet age 28 b. PA (see below died 13 Nov 1862)
Valentine William age 11 b. PA
Valentine Sarah C. age 8 b. PA
Valentine Albert age 4 b. PA
Valentine Mary P age 2 b. IL (see below died 21 Dec 1862)
 

On 31 Jan 1861 Elizabeth B. Groves m. John W. Keyte Adams County IL (note Mrs. Elizabeth B. Keyte m. Liberty Courtney 1865)

13 Nov 1862 Harriet Valentine is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hannibal MO, aged 31 Y 2 M 2 D, wife of Jacob.  Also buried there are children of J & H Valentine, John C, aged 7 Y 2M 191 D, Jacob A., no information (both listed on the same headstone).  Mary L, daughter of J & H Valentine, died 21 Dec 1862, age 4 Y 8 MO 11 D.  There also appears to be a fourth headstone sunken.

On 1 Jan 1865 Liberty Courtney married Elizabeth B. Keyte (Adams County, Presbyterian Church in Quincy)
   Elizabeth Keyte is Elizabeth B. Groves, see 1861 marriage

On 28 Feb 1866 Eliza Courtney m. John Groves Adams County IL (Note Mrs. Eliza Groves m. John C. Bell and age in 1870 Camp Point, Adams County, IL Census coincides with Eliza Courtney, daughter of Liberty.  She is living next door to Courtney family).  Eliza married William Ward in 1877.  Are John Groves, m. Eliza Courtney and Elizabeth B. Groves, m. Liberty Courtney related?

18 Sep 1866 Groves, Eliza Colton was defendant in a divorce in Adams County, box C-64, case 1829.  Listed as complainant was Groves, John, father, Groves, Peter W. and LOVER, Groves, James.  (Colton should be Courtney.)

1866 Hannibal City Directory
Valentine, Jacob miller at Eagle Mills, residence 8th between Church and Lyons

24 Jul 1867 Liberty Courtney married Mary Kimball, Brown County, IL Book C Volume 56 Page 715

04 Jun 1868, Eliza Courtney was witness in a divorce in Adams County, box C-70, case 200, complainant, Sheffield, Maria, defendant, Sheffield, James.

09 Sep 1869 Liberty Courtney m. Minnie Welch, Cass County, IL Vol III, page 52 Lic 2374.  Cass County used to be part of Morgan County and not far from Jacksonville.

25 Nov 1869 Mrs. Eliza Groves m. John C. Bell Adams County IL (why is she recorded as Mrs. Eliza Groves when she divorced John Groves in 1866)

03 May 1870 Liberty Courtney m. Mrs. Phebe L. Jones Adams County IL

1870 Census for Adams County IL Camp Point Twp p. 17 Born: TN
Kirkpatrick, James E. 44 M W Physician
Kirkpatrick, Mary C. 26 F W Keeping House IL
Kirkpatrick Nina M. 4 F W At Home IL
Kirkpatrick Ernest C. 3 m W at home IL
Kirkpatrick James N. 1 M W IL
Heaton Sarah 63 F W Retired Housekeeper Tn
Courtney Matilda 17 F W House Keeper IL
 

1870 Census for Adams County IL Camp Point Twp. p. 5 film 593.186
Dwelling 34 Family 34 (Did not get details for remaining family 34 from prior page-will add later)
Bamen, William R 4 M W At Home IL
Bamen, James F. 1 M W At Home IL
Dwelling 34 Family 35
Bell John C. 36 M W Farm hand NY (If married within the year note the month column says November for John and Eliza)
Bell, Eliza 19 F W Keeping House IL
1870 Census for Adams County IL Camp Point Twp. p. 5 film 593.186
Courtney, Liberty 49 M W Carpenter KY (If married within the year note the month column says May for Liberty and Phebe)
Courtney, Phebe L 38  F W PA
Courtney, Darthula 12 F W IL
Courtney, Martin 9 M W IL at home
Hemmer Phebe 71 F W at Home NJ
 

09 Oct 1870 Liberty Courtney m  Mary E. Phillips Adams County IL
(In 1880 Census Liberty's wife's name is Elizabeth, did Mary E. go by Elizabeth?) Answer is yes!!!  The disability and widows pension records for Liberty Courtney indicate that Mary E. Phillips was Mary Elizabeth Leapley Griffin Phillips who was married to Nimrod H. Phillips in Pike County, IL.  There are depositions in the records that indicate that Mary E. Phillips and Nimrod H. Phillips never were legally divorced.  Nimrod remarried on 29 Jun 1869 in Adams County, IL to Mrs. Matilda Topper.  Per Nimrod's testimony he and Mary E. Leapley Griffin were married in Oct. 1867 n Pike County, IL and separated in May 1868.  Per Mary Elizabeth's testimony she remembered that he went to Texas and that she had received divorce papers from Texas.  She was unable to read and write and her father read them to her.  She could not find the papers to support that she was divorced and therefore her request for the pension of Liberty Courtney was denied after several years of petitioning.  There are 158 pages of photocopies that I have received from NARA (National Archives Records Administration).  Some of the depositions are signed by Eliza Ward, Luthada Price, Robert Cline and William Ward the daughters and son-in-laws of Liberty.  In these papers they indicate that Liberty's last wife before Mary E. Phillips died 10 Sep. 1868.  So what about the marriages to Minnie Welch and Phoebe L. Jones.  But their depositions also indicate that Liberty and Mary E. Phillips married in Oct. 1868 after his last wifes death.  Seems they are off about 2 years in their recollection of events from the 1860's during their 1889 and 1890 depositions.

1870 Census for Adams County IL Camp Point Twp. P 21 film 593.186
House 164 Family 165
Ward Othenial B. 44 MW Married Stable Keeper OH
Ward Anna FW Married 42 NJ
Ward William O. MW Single 22 Bricklayer IL
Ward Eugene F. 18 MW Single Work at Bakery IL
Ward Florence C. 15 FW Single Housekeeper IL
Ward Joshua K. 4 MW Single at home IL
Ward Walter S. 6 MW Single at home IL
Ward Margaret A. 3 FW Single at home IL
House 172 Family 168
Ward Foster D 42 M W Physician OH Father and Mother of foreign birth
Ward Elizabeth 35 W F Keeping House Ireland Father and Mother of foreign birth
Ward Humbolt 14 W M Farm Hand IL Mother of foreign birth
Ward Foster D 10 W M at home MO Mother of foreign birth
Ward William T. 7 W M at home IL Mother of foreign birth
Ward Valeghop ? 2 W M IL at home Mother of foreign birth

1870 Census for Adams County IL Camp Point Twp P 36
House 302 Family 282
Cline Robert 36 M W Farmer IL
Cline Julia A 28 F W Keeping House MO
Cline William H 8 M W At Home IL
Cline Joseph E 4 M W At Home IL

1870 Census Marion County Federal Population Schedule Township 3rd Ward Hannibal Page 538 Images 156 and 157 at ancestry.com
Valentine Jacob age 37 Miller b. OH
Valentine Sarah age 18 b. PA
Valentine charles age 8 b MO
2 yr old male, can't read name at all,  b. MO, looks like Ha???Hik, ethnicity B
Emerson (?not sure), Walter, 60, laborer b. KY, ethnicity B
 

1871-1872 Hannibal City Directory
Valentine, Jacob Miller 109 S. 8th
Patterson, A., teamster west tollgate
Courtney, Edward, saloon, Main, South Hannibal

1873-1874 Hannibal City Directory
Valentine, Jacob Miller (Carer, Pindell & Co.) res 109 S. 8th
Valentine, Obediah ---- res N.E. corner Union Ave. & Peter
Valentine, William, miller Eagle Mills, res. NS Church between 7th and 8th
Valentine, William S., laborer, res. 220 Union, South Hannibal
Patterson, Andrew, laborer, O. Dubach & Co. res. SS Market W of Tollgate
Patterson, Nathaniel, laborer, D. Dubach & Co. res. NW Corner 4th and Jefferson (notice one listing has D Dubach other O Dubach)
Patterson, Newton, laborer H & St. Joe RR
 

01 Jan 1874 Matilda Courtney married Van Buren Patterson Adams County, IL (note name in 1885 divorce is Martin V. B. Patterson)

29 Jan 1874 Louthailia Courtney married George Price Brown County, IL Volume C Page 106 License 1571

c. Feb 1875 Matilda V. Patterson has a child with Martin V. B. Patterson.  (Child dies before 25 Nov 1885, as is deceased in divorce interrogatory) See divorce interrogatory

1875-1876 Hannibal City Directory
Valentine, Jacob, miller (Carter, Pindell & Co) res 109 S. 8th
Valentine, Jasper, carpenter, bds ES W Union W Peter (land records on file indicate that Obediah Jasper and Jasper are one in the same)
Valentine, Obediah, res. ES Union W. Peter
Valentine, William, miller, res NS Church E 8th
(Neglected to record all Patterson’s in 1990 when research was performed)

28 Oct 1875 Dorthuley Courtney m. Daniel Matthews Hancock County, IL Volume 4 Page 104 License 5169 (This is Dor, Darthula Courtney, later went by Dolly)

09 Apr 1877 Eliza Courtney m. William Ward Adams County, IL

1877-1878 Hannibal City Directory
Valentine, Charles A., miller, res 109 S. Eighth
Valentine, Jacob, miller res 109 S. Eighth
Valentine, Obediah J., carpenter, res. SS Union Ave. S. Peter
Valentine, William S. engineer res. NE corner Union & 6th Street

30 Mar 1878 Nellie Courtney born Adams County Poor Farm to Matilda Courtney, father unknown
31 Mar 1878 Nellie Courtney died (copies of birth and death certificates obtained)

14 Jun 1879 Liberty Courtney applies for Invalid Pension from his Civil War Service

1879-1880 Hannibal City Directory
Valentine, Chas, flour packer Eagle Mills
Valentine, Jacob, miller Eagle Mills, res. Church between 7th & 8th
Valentine, Jasper, carpenter, res ES Union Ave.
Valentine, Obediah, res ES Union Ave

1880 Census McKee Township, Adams County IL
Source: FHL Film 1254174 National Archives Film T9-0174 Page 221C
Courtney Liberty Self M Married W W 56 KY Farmer Father Born KY Mother Born KY
Courtney Elizabeth Wife F Married W 45 VA Keeping House Father Born MD, Mother Born VA
Courtney Martin Son  Single W 19 IL Laborer Father Born KY Mother Born IL
Hillman Lyda Other F Single W 12 IL At School Father Born NB Mother Born OH (appears to be daughter of Margaret Hillman living next door)
Listed on the Same Page, previous household
Hillman Margaret Self F W W 40 OH
Hillman Mary Daughter F S W 14 IL
Hillman Ada Daughter F S W 11 IL
Hillman William Son M S W 7 IL
Seapley Elizabeth Mother F W W 72 VA
(Last name for Seapley could be Leapley or Leepley.  There are other Leapley's living in McKee Township in the 1880 Census.  The Leapley name is also tied to the Upchurch and Strawns in Versailles, Pea Ridge and Buckhorn in Brown County.  Notice that Elizabeth Seapley and Elizabeth Courtney both are born in VA.  There is a Margaret Leepley that married a Moses Hillman in Adams County 16 July 1863 and an Elizabeth Leepley m. Jonas T. Griffin in Brown County 16 Dec 1855, vol A&B lic 479.  See 1870 marriage of Liberty to Mary E. Phillips and the notes from the Widows Pension petition and depositions to get details on Elizabeth Courtney, a/k/a Mary E. Phillips, a/k/a Mary Elizabeth Leapley Griffin Phillips Courtney. )

1880 Census Camp Point Township, Camp Point Village, Adams County IL
Household 90 Family 92 (parents of William Ward, married to Eliza Courtney)
Ward O.B. W M 56 Veterinary (another word can't read) OH fa: VA mo: OH
Ward Ann W F 54 Keeping House NJ fa: NJ Mo: NJ (b. 1826 d. 1910 see 1910 info)
Ward Walter W M 19 son farmer IL fa: OH mo: NJ
Ward Margaret W F 13 daughter IL fa: OH mo: NJ (d. 1953 and buried in Evergreen Cemetery, see 1953 entry)
Note on O.B. and Ann Ward:  Rootsweb World Connect Posting for Otho B. Ward, married Ann Oliphant b. 28 Jan 1826 in Burlington, Burling Co., NJ

1880 Census Camp Point Township, Camp Point Village, Adams County, IL
FHL Film 1254174 National Archives Film T9-0174 Page 33D
Ward William O. Self M Married W 32 IL Laborer Fa: OH Mo: NJ
Ward Eliza Wife F Married W 28 IL Keeping House Fa: KY Mo: IL
Ward Lillie B. Dau F Single W 1 IL Fa: KY Mo: IL
Ward O. B. Son M Single Ww 4 months IL Fa: KY Mo: IL

1880 Census Camp Point Twp., Adams County, IL, FHL Film 154174 National Archives Film T9-0174 Ed. 3, page 31C&D
Samuel Francis 64 b. England Hotel Keeper
Mary A. Francis 45 b. IL Wife Laundry Lady
John T. Francis 24 b. IL Son Livery Stable Keeper
Dr. C. H. Yancey 29 b. MO Physician
Sadie Yancey 28 b. MO  Wife
Dr. S. Mileham 43 b.KY Boarder Physician
Charlote Mileham 16 b. IL daughter At School
Margaret Swain 32 b. IL Divorced Seamstress
James Swain 7 b. IL Son
Annie Hunter 33 b. MA Servant Housekeeper
Barbara Nolan 60 b. MO Servant Housekeeper
Norman Knickerbocker 18 b. MO Servant Housekeeper
Mattee Longton 18 b. MO Niece Housekeeper
Frank Yokem 15 b. OH Boarder Laborer
P. J. Couly 35 b. IRE Boarder Peddler
(We have a family bible that Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Francis presented to Mrs. M. Courtney on 25 Dec. 1887, per the 1885 divorce interrogatory, Mrs. Matilda V. Patterson worked by the week at the Francis Hotel in Camp Point, Adams County, IL)   See divorce information for Matilda Courtney.

1880 Census Houston, Adams, IL
FHL Film 1254174 National Archives Film T9-0714 Page 163B
Cline Robert Self M M W 46 IN
Cline Eveline Wife F M W 34 IL
Cline Joseph E. Son M S W 14 IL

1880 Census Hannibal, Marion County, MO 3rd Ward
FHL Film 1254702 National Archives Film T9-0702 Page 232A
Valentine Jacob Self M Widow White 50 PA Miller Fa: Ger Mo: Ger
Valentine Charles Son M Single W 20 MO Miller Fa: PA Mo: Ger

1880 Census Hannibal, Marion County MO FHL Film 1254702 National Archives Film T9-0702 Page 284A
Valentine O. Self M Married W 86 NJ Farmer Fa: NJ Mo: NJ
Valentine Margaret Wife F Married W 70 PA Keeping House Fa: Ger Mo: PA
Meek Katie Granddaughter F Single W 12 IA At Home Fa:-- Mo: PA

1880 Census Hannibal Marion County MO FHL Film 1254702 National Archives Film T9-0702 Page 299D
Valentine O.J. Self M Married W 35 IA Carpenter Fa: IA Mo: IA
Valentine Nora Wife F Married W 23 IA Keeping House Fa: OH Mo: OH
Valentine Nellie dau F Single W 4 MO At Home Fa: IA Mo: IA
1880 Census Hannibal, Marion MO FHL Film 1254702 National Archives Film T9-0702 Page 299D
Valentine Cing Self M Married W 48 Ger Laborer Fa: Ger Mo: Ger
Valentine Eva Wife F Married W 44 Ger Keeping House Fa: GER Mo: GER
Valentine Charles Son M Single W 18 IN At Home Fa: GER Mo: Ger
Valentine Joseph Son M Single W 14 IN At Home Fa: Ger Mo: Ger
Valentine Emma Dau F Single W 6 MO At Home F: Ger Mo: Ger

1880 Census Hannibal, Marion County, MO
Source:  FHL Film 1254702 National Archives Film T9-0702 Page 280 A
Thomas, W.R. Self M Widow W 43 Born MO Laborer Father Born MO, Mother –
Thomas Arcie Son M Single W 9 Born IL Father Born IL Mother –
Thomas Ava Ann Dau F Single W 6 Born IL Father Born MO Mother –
Thomas Attie May Dau F Single W 4 Born IL Father Born MO Mother –
Patterson Matilda Other F Married W 28 IL Servant Father Born IL Mother Born KY
(Could this be Matilda Courtney who married Van Buren Patterson in 1874?  See divorce of 1885.)
 

1880 Census South River Township Marion MO Film T9.702 House Hold 124 Family 136
Purvis, William L. W M 27 Farm Lab. Born MO Father KY Mother VA
Purvis Sarah S. W F 23 Housekeeper Born MO Father IN Mother IN
Purvis William H W M 3 son  Born MO Father MO Mother MO

1880 Census, Pleasant Vale, Pike County, IL
FHL Film 1254243, National Archives Film T9-0243 Page 695B
Stout, Amos Self M Married W 48 OH Farmer Fa: OH Mo: OH
Stout Katie Wife F Married W 45 OH Keeping House Fa: OH Mo: OH
Stout George Son M Single W 24 IL Farm Laborer Fa: OH Mo: OH
Stout William M Single W 20 IL Farm Laborer Fa: OH Mo: OH
Stout Matilda Dau F Single W 18 IL At home Fa: OH Mo: OH
Stout Hattie Dau F Single W 10 IL At Home Fa: OH Mo: OH
Pennzwill Other M Single W 19 MD Farm Laborer Fa: MD Mo: MD
Simms Richard Other M Single W 20 IL Farm Laborer Fa: IN Mo: PA
(Matilda Stout married Charles Valentine, clears up any confusion that Tillie M. Valentine buried in Mt. Olivet was Tillie Patterson who was on the license to marry Jacob Valentine)

1880 Census, Cooperstown, Brown County, IL,  FHL Film 1254176, National Archives FIlm T9-0176 Page 464A
Price George I. Self M Married W 44 KY Farmer Fa: KY MO: VA
Price Louthailia Wife F Married W 25 IL Keeping House Fa: KY Mo: IL (this is Lu, Louthailia Courtney, census was improperly transcribed as Luthada)
Price Mary E. Dau F Single W 5 IL At Home Fa: KY Mo: IL  (Married Clyde N. Ware)
Price Annie M. Dau F Single W 7 months At Home Fa: KY Mo: IL
Next Family:
Price George W. Self Married M W 65 KY Farmer Fa: VA Mo: KY
Price Emily B. Wife F Married W 61 VA Keeping House Fa: -- Mo: --
Price Remus Son M Single W 24 MO Works on Farm Fa: VA Mo: KY
Howell Elizabeth Dau F W Widow 28 MO At Home Fa: KY Mo: VA
Howell Warren GrandSon M Single W 4 IL At Home Fa: IL Mo: MO
Howell Sarah A. GrandDaughter F SIngle W 2 IL At Home Fa: IL Mo: MO

1880 Census Hannibal, Marion County, MO
FHL Film 1254702 National Archives Film T9-0702 Page 274 A
Patterson Andy Self M Married W 33 IL Salesman Lumber Yard Fa: IL Mo: IL
Patterson Ruth Wife F Married W 34 MO Keeping House Fa: VA Mo: KY
Patterson Hattie Dau F Single W 8 IL At School Fa: IL Mo: IL
Johnson John Other M Single W 35 SWE Laborer Fa: SWE Mo: SWE

1880 Census, County Poor House, Gilmer, Adams, Illinois
FHL Film 1254174 National Archives Film T9-0174 Page 140B
M.V. Pattersen Other M M W 40 IL
(Appears to be the Martin Van Buren Patterson that married Matilda V. Courtney)

21 July 1880 - 14 Sep 1881 - Almshouse Register, Adams County, IL,
M. V. Patterson age 40 born IL, parents american, good health, cause of pauperism Insanity

1880 Census, Birmingham, Schuyler, Illinois FHLM 1254250 National Archives Film T9-0250 Page 329C
Patterson, Zackariah 80 b. CT Fa: CT Mo: CT
Patterson, Rolen Son 42 NY farmer Fa: CT Mo: CT
Patterson, Bettie, daughter 36 NY Keeping House Fa: CT Mo: CT
Patterson, Julia Daughter 35 IL Fa: CT Mo: CT
Patterson, George Son 27 IL Farmer Fa: CT Mo: Ct
Patterson, Emma 21 IL Fa: CT Mo: CT

1881-1882 Hannibal City Directory
Valentine, Chas, laborer Eagle Mills, res 507 Church
Valentine, Jacob, Saloon, 132 Market, res 507 Church
Valentine, Obediah, res ES Union Ave. 2 S Peter
Valentine, O.J., carpenter, res. ES Union Ave. 2 S. Peter

30 Jun 1881 marriage license obtained by Jacob Valentine and Tilley Patterson at Marion County MO, Palmyra, MO (marriage never recorded)

12 Aug 1881 Martin Courtney m. Julia Ann Leapley, Sullivan County, MO (Have sent a request for copy of marriage license and marriage certificate.  Notice that Julia Ann Leapley is the daughter of John and Julia Ann Leapley in Penn Township, Sullivan County, MO.  John was born in VA the brother of Elizabeth Leapley Griffin Courtney that married Liberty Courtney.

01 Jan 1882 Arthur J. Valentine born to Matilda Courtney and Jacob Valentine

1883 Othonial B. Ward b. 1824 d. 1883 buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point, Adams County, IL

25 Nov 1885 Courtney, Matilda V., Patterson, Matilda V. Courtney Complainant, filed for divorce, Box C-144, Case 3687, defendant, Patterson, Martin V.B. Patterson, child listed as deceased. Information from the Adams County, Illinois Divorce Index A-D and L-R.  (Notice Matilda is using V. in her name, possibly for Valentine and that Van Buren Patterson is now Martin V.B. Patterson)    Read about the Patterson Divorce.

1885 Hannibal City Directory
Valentine, Chas. A., Miller, Eagle Mills, bds Brandshaw’s Restaurant
Valentine, O.J., carpenter, res. Broadway Ex.
Valentine, Jacob, miller, rooms 117 Broadway
Valentine, Jacob Jr., miller, Eagle Mills, Rooms 117 Broadway
(A second Jacob in the City Directories for the first time)

28 May 1888 Mrs. Matilda V. Patterson m. George Nokes, Rock Island County, 00E/0047 00014272 (have a request in at Illinois Regional Archives Depository - Western IL University to research the marriage record to determine if this is our Matilda)

1888 Hannibal City Directory
Valentine, Jacob, saloon, 229 Broadway, r. 223 Broadway (the name was capitalized and notes to the directory indicated that capitalized names were proprietors)
 

09 Jul 1891 Mrs. Matilda Courtney m William Purvis, Brown County, IL Volume 1A Page 143 License 1722 (William Purvis was from Mt. Sterling, Brown County and Matilda was from Camp Point, Adams County per the marriage license.  The marriage was recorded as his fourth and her second on the license.  She recorded her maiden name as Combs with place of birth unknown and father and mother names unknown.  Names were also not completed for Mr. Purvis.)

01 Aug 1894 M. Ellen Price m. Clyde N. Ware, Adams County IL License Number 9142.  Per grandson of Velma Price, Ellen Price was married to a Ware.  He met Ellen once.

10 Oct 1895 Lillie Ward m Ernst Herzog Adams County IL License Number 00009870

5 May 1897 Jacob Valentine 70 year old male, buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hannibal, died from Kidney Disease (If this were the father of Arthur Valentine, Matilda must never have consummated the marriage or divorced him prior to 1891 in Missouri)

10 Feb 1899 Mrs. Matilda Purvis m. William Lantis, Adams County IL License 11805.  (Marriage certificate states it is the groom's second marriage and the bride's third marriage.  Bride's maiden name is Matilda Courtney and her parents are Liberty Courtney and Eliza Taylor.  Both the bride and the groom were from Camp Point, Adams County, IL.  Witnesses to the marriage were Fred Clark and Harry Castle.  At the time of Matilda's death she was still Matilda Lantis.  This is where we get the basis for back-tracking her identity)

6 Aug 1899 Carthage Republican Newspaper, under Denver News..."August 6 Liberty Courtney, a respected citizen died at his home near this place last Sunday morning and was buried at Bowen yesterday.  He had been in bad health for some time from repeated attacks of apoplexy, the last of which he had last week, producing hemiplegia.  He was a soldier in the late war and had applied for a pension, which he deserved and sorely needed."

13 Aug 1899 Liberty Courtney is buried in Bowen Cemetery, Chili Township, Hancock County, Lot 51 per the Hancock Cemetery Listings for Bowen Cemetery.  Info in the listing:  No Dates 1st LT CO E 101 Regt ILL Inf Civil War

29 Nov 1899(? can not tell for sure if it is Nov.) Elizabeth Courtney applies for Widow Civil War Pension as spouse of Liberty Courtney

1900 Census Camp Point Township, Camp Point Village, Adams County, IL:
Family 304 Household 304
Lantis William Head W M Apr 1853 47 M Married 1 year Born Ohio, Parents both born Ohio
Lantis Matilda Wife W F October 1852 47 Married 1 Year Mother of 1 Child, 1 Child Living, Born Illinois, Father Born KY, Mother Born IL
Lantis George Son W M Aug 1888 12 Single Born IL, Father Born OH Mother Born IL
Lantis Charles Son W M Jan 1892 8 Single Born IL, Father Born OH Mother Born IL
Lantis Ray Son W M Jan 1895 4 Single Born IL, Father Born OH Mother Born IL
Family 305 Household 305
Valentine Arthur Stepson W M Jan 1882 18 Single Born MO, Father Born IL Mother Born IL

Family 306 Household 306
Ward William Head WM Jan 1847 54 M 12 Years Born IL, Father Born NJ, Mother Born NJ
Ward Eliza Wife W F Aug 1850 49 married 12 years 4 children 4 children living Born IL, Father Born KY Mother Born IL
Ward Otho Son W M Jan 1880 20 Single Born IL, Father Born IL Mother Born IL
Ward Ray Son W M Jan 1883 17 Single Born IL, Father Born IL, Mother Born IL
(Eliza Ward is sister of Matilda Lantis and living next door)
Family 316 Household 316
Ward Walter Head W M June 1861 38 Married 1 Year Born IL, Father Born MD, Mother Born NJ
Ward Lina M Wife W F Dec 1865 34 Married 1 Year Mother of 2 children 2 children living Born IL, Father Born VA, Mother Born KY
Bealle Hazel Stepdaughter W F May 1888 12 Single Born IL, Father Born IL, Mother Born IL
(Could not access next page 30 of 44 for Camp Point on Ancestry.com due to technical difficulties to find second child, will attempt at a later date)

1900 Census Mt. Sterling Township, Mt. Sterling City, Brown IL
Price George Head M M W Nov. 1837 63 KY KY VA
Price Louthailia Wife M F W Jan 1854 46 IL KY IL
Price Velma Daughter S F W Jun 1882 17 IL KY IL (married Bernard Briggs)
Price Grover Son S M W Dec 1885 14 IL KY IL  (moved to Alaska)
Price Florence Daughter S F W Apr 1889 11 IL KY IL
Price Rosa Daughter S F W May 1892 8 IL KY IL  (married several times, last time to Mr. Fox of St. Louis)

1900 Census, Marion County, MO 2nd Ward Hannibal City page 94 Mason Township E.D. 98
Valentine C.A. had b May 1862, 38 years old, b. MO parents: PA
Valentine Tillie M. b. Feb 1864, 36 years old, married 13 years, 1 child, 1 still living, b. IL parents OH
Valentine Charley, son b Feb 1893, 7 years old b. MO fa: MO mo: IL

1900 Census enumerated 04 Jun 1900, Chile Township, Hancock County, IL E.D. 16 Page 73A
Courthey (s/b Courtney) Martin head of house, b. Sept 1860, 39 years old, md. 19 yrs , ) months unemployed, rents farm
Courthey Julia wife, b. May 1861, 39 years old, md. 19yrs. 2 children, 2 still living, b. MO, father b. PA, mother b. IL
Courthey Rosa M. Daughter, b. Nov 1882, 17yrs old, single, b. MO
Courthey George G. son, b. Aug 1883, 16 yrs. old, single, attended school 4 months

1900 Census Jacksonville, Morgan County, IL, Ward 4, Illinois Central Hospital for the Insane, Page 114 E.D.87
8 June 1900
Patterson, Van, b. Unk, 1844 56 yrs old, single, b. IL, parents b. unknown, read or write-unknown

1900 Census Huntsville Township, Schuyler County, IL E.D. 77 Page 104, 20 June 1900
Patterson, Rollin, head Sept 1837, 62, single b. NY parents b. CT, farmer
Patterson, Julie, sister, July 1841, 58 single, b. IL, parents b. CT
Patterson, George L., brother, June 1848, 53, single, b IL, parents b. CT

1900 August Township, Hancock County, IL page 10, E.D.12 June 1, 1900
Ingels, William b. Feb1849, 51, md 20 yrs., b  OH, parents b OH teamster
Ingels, Emma b. Sept 1853, 46, md 20 yrs, 6 children 5 still living, b. IL parents b. CT
Ingels, Arthur A. son Feb 1883, 17 b. IL
Ingels, Bert son, Dec 1886, 13 b. IL
Ingels, Urban, son, Nov 1888, 11 b. IL
Ingels, Joseph R. son, Sept. 1890, 9, b IL
(Ingels, William m. Patterson, Emma Hancock County, IL 11-07-1881.  Note that Martin V.B. Patterson was living in Augusta, Hancock County, IL when he was served with the Summons on 14 Oct 1885, he may have been living with his sister).

1907 Tillie M. Valentine (Stout) b. 3 Nov 1862, d. 31 Oct 1907, buried in Mt Olivet Cemetery, Hannibal.  Lot 134 Section 2 purchased by husband Charles.  Stout on the back of the headstone.

1910 Census, Camp Point Township, Camp Point Village, Adams County, IL
OMER, George C., Head 62 KY PA KY Landlord Hotel
OMER, Ada M., Wife 56 (3 children, 1 living), KY PA KY Laundry lady Hotel
OMER Henry O., Son 35, KY KY KY Laborer Hotel
OMER, Amelia K., Daughter-In-Law 31, IL IL RI None
OMER, Ada M, Granddaughter, 4, IL KY IL None
OMER, Georgie R. Granddaughter, 1.12 IL KY IL None
BAILEY, Charles M. Boarder, 52, Maine Maine Maine Laborer Carpenter
VALENTINE, Arthur, Boarder, 28, IL IL IL Laborer Station Hand
SAWERS, Albert, Boarder, 48, IA PA PA Laborer Odd Jobs
(Note, witness to 1915 marriage of Arthur VALENTINE and Mattie SORKILMO in Iowa was Pete OMER and Arthur worked as a Clerk in a hotel.

1910 Ann Ward (wife of Othonial B Ward) b. 1826 d. 1910 buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point, Adams County, IL

1910 Census, St. Albans Township, West Point Village, Hancock County, IL, enumerated 16 Apr 1910
Gladstone Street
Courtney, Martin, Head 48 married 28 years, b. IL, father KY, mother IL
Courtney, Julia, Wife 48, b. MO, father VA, mother IL
Courtney, Rosa M. daughter, 27 born MO, father IL, mother MO

From "Pioneers of he Prairie" by Wilma Brunenn, priv. pub., ca. 1985, no copyright, the following is shared:
Courtney, Martin - and his wife, Julia, were parents of two children:
1- Rosa Moore, b. 1882
2- George
Julia Courtney died July 1937.  The family came to West Point from Green City, Missouri.  Mr. and Mrs. Courtney, and Rosa are buried in West Point Cemetery.  They were members of the West Point Christian Church.
Moore, Clarence William - married June 1910, at the home of the bride's parents in West Point, to Rosa Courtney, born 1883; she died of consumption, February 11, 1911, and is buried in the West Point Cemetery, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Courtney.  Mrs. Moore was born in Green City, Missouri.
 

14 Mar 1914 Directory State Hospital Burials Section H - Diamond Grove Cemetery Part III
Jacksonville, Morgan County, IL
Lot # 55, Patterson, Van Buren, Born IL, Date of death 14 Mar 1914, age at death 71y, From Schuyler, Row 3, Sec A-2op
Morgan County was home to "Experimental School for the Instruction and Training of Idiots and Feebleminded Children in the State of Illinois" May 1865 to May 1868
There was also the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, Morgan County, which was chartered in 1839.  Matilda Courtney was deaf from age 8 due to her ear drums being burned.  Is it possible she married Van Buren Patterson because he was deaf?

1915 William O.B Ward b. 1847 d 1915 buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point, Adams County, IL

27 Mar 1915 Arthur J. Valentine and Mattie C. Sorkilmo are married in Primghar, O'Brien County, IA, Arthur's occupation is a hotel clerk.

1920 Census enumerated 6 February 1920, St. Albans Township, West Point Village, Hancock County, IL
Wolf Street
Courtney, Martin T. Head, 57, born IL, father KY, mother IL Carpenter from House
Courtney, Julia A., Wife, 57, born MO, father OH, mother IL

1924 Eliza Ward (wife of William) b. 1850 d. 1924 buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point, Adams County, IL

13 Oct 1928 William Lantis of Coatsburg IL died.  Wife recorded as Matilda Lantis on death certificate.  Lantis is buried in a Cemetery along a road in Camp Point, Adams County, IL.  His headstone reads, William Andrew Lantis b. 10 Apr. 1845, d. 13 Oct. 1928.  Buried next to him are Minnie F. Lantis b. 14 Oct 1867 d. 8 June 1897; Charles D. Clark b. 27 July 187? d. 7 July 1800 and near him Agnes Lantis b. 18 Nov 1891 d. 21 Feb 1937.

1931 Charles A. Valentine 70 years old passed on 16 Aug 1931 in Oakland California, his wife Martha brought him to Mt Olivet Cemetery for burial at lot 134 section 2, per cemetery records.

19 Feb 1938 Matilda Lantis died in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Count South Dakota.  She was living with her son Arthur J. Valentine and daughter-in-law Mattie C. Valentine.  (Her father's name is recorded as Courtney and her mothers name is left blank.  Note that when her son got his marriage license on the 27 Mar 1915 he recorded his mother's maiden name as Armstrong.)

1943 Ray Ward b. 1884 d. 1943 buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point, Adams County, IL

1947 Laura E. Ward b. 1878 d. 1947 (listed below Ray Ward in Cemetery book) buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point, Adams County, IL

1953 Margaret L. Ward b. 1868 d. 1953 buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point, Adams County, IL
 
 



BRICKS TO KNOCK DOWN

Multiple Marriages
Did Spouses Die or Divorce?
Liberty Courtney
1-    1841 Unknown mother of Julia Ann who was born in MO, there is a marriage listed in Monroe County MO between Liberty Coatney and Malinda Riddle on 18 Feb 1841
2-    On 27 Jun 1850 Liberty Courtney married Eliza Taylor
3-    On 1 Jan 1865 Liberty Courtney married Elizabeth B. Keyte (Adams County, Presbyterian Church in Quincy) Elizabeth    Keyte is Elizabeth B. Groves, On 31 Jan 1861 Elizabeth B. Groves m. John W. Keyte Adams County IL (note Liberty's daughter Eliza m. John Groves.  Are Elizabeth B. Groves and John Groves related?)
4-    24 Jul 1867 Liberty Courtney married Mary Kimball, Brown County, IL Book C Volume 56 Page 715
?-     29 Sep 1869 Liberty Courtney married Minnie Welch, Cass County, IL Vol. III Page 52 License 2374
5-    03 May 1870 Liberty Courtney m. Mrs. Phebe L. Jones Adams County IL
6-    09 Oct 1870 Liberty Courtney m  Mary E. Phillips Adams County IL, Mary E. Phillips is Mary Elizabeth Leapley Griffin Phillips Courtney.

Eliza Courtney (daughter of Liberty) b. 1850
1-    On 28 Feb 1866 Eliza Courtney m. John Groves Adams County IL (Note Mrs. Eliza Groves m. John C. Bell and age in 1870 Camp Point, Adams County, IL Census coincides with Eliza Courtney, daughter of Liberty.  She is living next door to Courtney family).  John Groves divorced her 18 Sep 1866 due to an affair with her brother-in-law, James Groves, recorded as Lover in the Adams County Divorce Index.)
2-    25 Nov 1869 Mrs. Eliza Groves m. John C. Bell Adams County IL (census reflects both married in November as well)
3-    09 Apr 1877 Eliza Courtney m. William Ward Adams County, IL
There are no divorce records listed for Eliza Bell in the Adams County Divorce Index..

Matilda Courtney (daughter of Liberty) b. 1852
1-    01 Jan 1874 Matilda Courtney married Van Buren Patterson Adams County, IL
2-    30 Jun 1881 marriage license obtained by Jacob Valentine and Tilley Patterson at Marion County MO, Palmyra, MO (marriage never recorded).
3-   25 Nov 1885, Mrs. Matilda V. Patterson (a/k/a Matilda V. Courtney) divorced Martin V.B. Patterson.
4-   28 May 1888 Mrs. Matilda V. Patterson m. George Nokes, Rock Island County, 00E/0047 00014272 (have a request in at Illinois Regional Archives Depository - Western IL University to research the marriage record to determine if this is our Matilda)
3-    09 Jul 1891 Mrs. Matilda Courtney m William Purvis, Brown County, IL Volume 1A Page 143 License 1722
4-   10 Feb 1899 Mrs. Matilda Purvis m. William Lantis, Adams County IL License 11805
 
 

        QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

Where was Louthailia in 1870?
1870 Census, Liberty's three daughters, 19 year old Eliza, 17 year old Matilda and 15 year old Lu are not listed with Liberty.  Matilda was with Dr. Kirkpartrick’s family, Eliza appears to be Mrs. Bell next door, where is Louthailia (have looked at census for Mt. Sterling and Cooperstown).  Lu married in Mt. Sterling in 1874.  Was Louthailia married before marrying Price?  Per grandson of Velma Price Briggs (Lou's daughter), Lou went by the name of Louthada.  The Illinois Marriage Index must have the name transcribed incorrectly.
 

Did Matilda marry a bigamist?  Did she ever marry Valentine?  How many times was she married?
A Matilda Courtney married Van Buren Patterson 01 Jan  1874.
Matilda states in her divorce petition in 1885 that she married Martin V B Patterson 01 Jan 1875.
Matilda had a 10 month old child by Martin V B Patterson that was 10 months old in Feb 1976.  When did the child die?
Matilda Courtney had an illegitimate daughter born in 1878 that died in the poor house at 1 day old.
A Mrs. Matilda Patterson is living in Hannibal in 1880 with widower Thomas and his 3 children but no husband and no child.  Matilda's 10 month old child must have died before 1880 or was living with someone else.
In June 1881 a Tilley Patterson and a Jacob Valentine got a marriage license, never recorded.  We know this is not the Tillie M. Patterson who married Charles Valentine and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with the Stout headstone.  Matilda was not divorced and therefore could not remarry.
From July 1880 through Sept 1881 Martin V.B. Patterson is in the Adams County Almshouse.  According to the divorce petition and the summons service he was living in Augusta, Hancock County, in October 1875.  By 1900 he is in the National Home for Disabled Volunteer soldiers in Danville.  This Patterson appears to have been married in 1861 and in the Civil War from 1861-1865.
In January 1882 Arthur J. Valentine was born to Matilda Courtney and has always been told his father is Jacob Valentine.
Why are there 2 Jacob Valentine’s in the 1885 Hannibal City Directory?
In 1885 Matilda divorces Martin V.B. Patterson using the names Mrs. Matilda V. Patterson and Matilda V. Courtney.  Matilda never used the initial V. before.  Was this to pretend for her son that she was married to a Valentine before Patterson.
In 1888 a Mrs. Matilda V. Patterson marries a George Nokes.  There is a Nokes family in Adams County even though they were married in Rock Island County.
 
 

When did Martin Courtney die?  Where did Martin's only son George G. Courtney go?  I have a death certificate from Los Angeles CA from March 1868 that appears to be a match for George Grant Courtney who shot himself and committed suicide.  Where are all Liberty's wives buried?  What happened to Elizabeth Courtney after Liberty's death?  Who are Eliza Taylor Courtney's parents?  Who are Liberty Courtney's parents?